The next meeting of the Oxford León Association is on Tuesday 6 September at 7.00 at Oxford Town Hall. You will also be able to join us online via Zoom, email Jen for details.
There is a lot going on with Twinning in the autumn. There is an opportunity for all the links to tell Oxford all about Twinning at an event at the Sheldonian Theatre on Saturday 1 October, 10 am to 4 pm. We need OLAT to be represented. Then on Wednesday 5 October there is Oxford’s UN Older People’s Day at the Town Hall, with a stall from OLAT. OCC are also asking for people to contribute to a video about the impact that Twinning has had on their lives: “We are looking for people that have taken part in a visit to Oxford, or one Oxford’s twin cities and the impact it has had on their lives – has it changed their career choices, has it opened up further opportunities, have they learned a new language or skill or made new friends?” Please contact me if you would like to take part – it would be good to hear from people whose experience goes back to the old days of OLAT!
We were very pleased to be back with the Sponsored Swim on 15 July – some money is still coming in, we will let you know how much was donated soon. We are hoping to hold the Misa Campesina in October/November at Blackfriars.
Thank you for your continued support over these continuing difficult times.
Dear Oxford León Association Members and Supporters and Swimmers and Helpers and all interested in raising urgently needed funds for water and social projects for children and families in poor communities in and around León,
Our Fund Raising Swim is on Friday 15 July 2022, 4pm – 7 pm at our usual pool – Hinksey Heated Outdoor Pool, Lake Street, Oxford OX1 4RP. We are very grateful to Fusion and the staff at Hinksey Pool for their continued hospitality.
This is our most important fund raising event of the year, for our twin city of León, so do please come along to swim and support the fund raising, and get any friends involved and have some fun! We really need you! Nicaragua needs our support and solidarity more than ever.
Please see the poster below. You can register online at:
at West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0BT.
The aim is to have fun with a Latin American flavour and raise funds for friends in need in our twin city of León – for Nuevas Esperanzas, which supports remote communities, supplies small farmers with water, agro-ecology and community projects and Nicaragua Education, Culture and Arts Trust (NECAT) which helps disadvantaged children with their education and provides community support to their families in a deprived area of the city.
Tickets are £10 per person, in teams of up to 6 people. You can buy tickets here:
Or, you can pay on the door – £10 pp – cash only please.
The Quiz Maestra will be our own Jan Marshall, who is writing the Quiz, and our MC will be the avuncular Mr John Tanner! DJ Christian will play Latin American music, there may even be the chance to display your Salsa, Tango or Samba moves! There will be a licensed cash bar serving wine, beer, soft drinks and Nicaraguan rum!
There will be a prize for the winning team of the Quiz! We will also have a raffle with three desirable prizes!
If you are unable to come to the Quiz but would like to make a contribution, and every contribution is valued, you will able to donate at JustGiving:
We hope you are all keeping safe and well in these unusual times, as we move into autumn and winter. We have had 10 meetings on Zoom, but for the
Annual General Meeting of the Oxford León Association on Thursday 4 November, at 7.30 we will be meeting in person at the Town Hall, but also online via Zoom for those who cannot get to the Town Hall. This will be our first “hybrid” meeting and we hope those online will feel part of the meeting, all are welcome.
We will be looking at how the year has gone, projects for the coming year, how to mark OLAT’s 35th Anniversary, and election of officers. We will also review the OLAT Constitution, which is attached, as well as the Agenda and last AGM minutes. Stay safe and well and stay connected! Best wishes Jen Houston Secretary OLAT
Dear Swimmers and Supporters of Oxford León Association and Trust
As many of you know, OLAT has been holding a Sponsored Swim for over thirty years, to raise much needed funds for our twin city of León and support our charities Nuevas Esperanzas and Nicaragua Education, Culture and Arts Trust (NECAT). Nuevas Esperanzas works with families around the Telica volcano near Leon on water and agroecology projects including rainwater harvesting, beekeeping and introducing new crops such as dragon fruit, after their crops were devastated in the hurricanes. NECAT provides education and support to impoverished families in a suburb of León. Last year was the first year that we couldn’t hold the Sponsored Swim. As this year is our 35th Anniversary year we decided that we couldn’t not hold it again this year, so we would try a different way and hold the Sponsored Swim online! It is a pity that we can’t be together at the Hinksey Pool, but we can be creative and swim anywhere, and anytime during July! Maybe you have increased your fitness in lockdown, or maybe your swimming has become a bit rusty – just enjoy yourself and pick your surroundings – maybe wild water swimming, or a spa! Any amount that we raise will help, in this very difficult year. Please register with JustGiving and link your account to the OLAT Sponsored Swim page, by adding the event to your page: Sponsored Swim for León in our 35th Year! – JustGiving
Enjoy your swim, anytime, anywhere during July, then please circulate your JustGiving account to your friends to donate! Nicaragua needs our support and solidarity more than ever! Keep safe and we hope to see you in person next year! It would be interesting if people could let me know where they swim and I will let people know how many diverse locations we achieve! Thank you for your continuing support for Oxford’s furthest away twin! Especially to those who have already been generous this year in supporting the Quizzes, it is much appreciated. Best wishes Jenny Houston Secretary OLAT
Watch this short video for some uplifting street dancing and views of León city. Children and young people in León, Nicaragua participating in ‘Spring Awakening’ – part of the recent international dance project with Oxford’s twin cities.
The Oxford León Association is holding another Quiz for León on Thursday 20 May, 7.45 for 8 pm, it would be great if you could join us! We are delighted that our musician friends Paco Luis Vega and Franklin Martinez of Bochinche Tropical will again be joining us from León and playing their wonderful upbeat Latin American music and also a song from the Misa Campesina!
Setting the Quiz and asking the questions will be Jan Marshall, and our Quiz Maestro will be the ever-green John Tanner! There will be five rounds of five questions each, the Quiz will take about an hour and answers given after each round; the musicians will play at the beginning. To those who have supported our previous Quizzes, we have been amazed by your generosity and our two charities in León – Nuevas Esperanzas and Nicaragua Education, Culture and Arts Trust – have thanked us for this vital support at this very difficult time in Nicaragua. We hope you will have a fun time at the Quiz, relax in your Box and bring your own tipples and nibbles, maybe dance to the music and have a go at the questions!
Dear Members and Supporters of the Oxford León Association
The Oxford León Association is holding another Quiz for León on Friday 26 February, it would be great if you could join us! We are delighted that our musician friends from León, Paco Luis Vega and Franklin Martinez and Bochinche Tropical will be joining us from León and playing their wonderful upbeat Latin American music and also a song from the Misa Campesina! Our Quiz Maestra will be Jan Marshall, who has kindly written the Quiz and our Quiz Maestro will be the ebullient John Tanner! There will be five rounds of five questions each, the Quiz will take about an hour and answers given as we go along, the musicians will play at the start, the interval and the end. To those who have supported our previous Quizzes, we have been amazed by your generosity and our two charities in León – Nuevas Esperanzas and Nicaragua Education, Culture and Arts Trust – have thanked us for this vital support at this very difficult time in Nicaragua. At the last Quiz on 10 December, we also raised funds for Bishop Harold Dixon’s appeal to help the hurricane stricken Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, where some communities lost everything, the Bishop was extremely grateful. Thanks to your generosity we were able to send £900 to the Bishop’s appeal, which bought food for the people; £800 to Nuevas Esperanzas to support remote villages who had lost nearly all their crops and where roads and water pipelines were damaged, and £500 to NECAT to support poor children’s education and their community in an impoverished area of León. We hope you will have a fun time at the Quiz, relax in your Box and bring your own bottle and nibbles, maybe dance to the music and have a go at the questions!
Life was already very tough in Nicaragua, but in November two hurricanes hit. Nuevas Esperanzas reports that in the remote communities on the slopes of Telica, near León, Iota dumped a lot of rain and caused the loss of their corn and bean crops; the strong winds blew down trees damaging the pipeline that carries water to arsenic affected communities, cutting off the water supply to many families. Last weekend the team worked with members of the community to repair the broken pipes and one of the suspension bridges supplying clean water to El Caracol, Unión España and Nuevo Amanecer. Roads have also been damaged. These families need your support more than ever as they have lost their crops and income and the need is great.
OLAT has also been contacted by the Anglican Bishop of Nicaragua Rt Rev Harold Dixon, appealing for aid for the people on the Caribbean coast where homes have been destroyed by the hurricanes and some people have lost everything, the need is also great. We also still want to help NECAT (Nicaragua Education, Culture and Arts Trust) who are supporting children and their families in León at this very difficult time. Oxford León Association and Trust is holding another fun fundraiser Quiz on Thursday 10 December, 7.45 for 8 pm and this time we are very excited that the fabulous Musicians that visited Oxford in April 2018, and played at the Misa Campesina – Franklin Martinez and Paco Luis Vega – will be playing their wonderful Latin American music, at the start of the Quiz, in the interval and at the end. This will be a real treat!
For Zoom details email Jen Houston: Jen_Houston at hotmail dot com Our Quiz Maestro and Host is again the inimitable Mr John Tanner, and Our Quiz Maestra is again the lovely and knowledgeable Jan Marshall, many thanks for writing the Quiz Jan! There will be five rounds of five questions each, the Quiz will take about an hour and answers given as we go along, the musicians will play at the start, the interval and the end.
There will be no prizes and no entry fees, only the kudos of winning! We hope that you will be able to make a donation to OLAT at:
We look forward to seeing friends old and new and especially the musicians Franklin and Paco Luis on Thursday 10 December, 7.45 for 8pm. Maybe friends and family would like to join in, everyone welcome! Make yourself comfortable in your little boxes, get in the groove with the music, ready with your drinks and nibbles and ready to enjoy some wonderful music, and we hope you have a fun time while supporting people who are in great need!
Stay safe and well and connected! Best wishes Jenny Houston Secretary OLAT – Christian Marshall Bonilla Chair, OLAT